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Articles by Melissa Sweet

A list of lists – all about advocacy and public health

Once famously described as a “Cinderella branch of public health practice”, the role of advocacy took centre stage at the Public Health Association of Australia’s annual conference in Perth last week. And one of many take-home tips on the subject was that lists seem to be powerful communication tools. For example, Professor Simon Chapman (who drew [...]

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A plea to maintain the momentum in tackling Indigenous smoking rates

In the wake of budget uncertainty, brutal funding cuts and a review of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program, it is critical to maintain momentum in efforts to reduce smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So says Associate Professor David Thomas, head of tobacco control research at the Menzies School of Health Research in [...]

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New report undermines Federal Government claims about a crisis in health system sustainability

“Health spending growth slowest since the 1980s” says the headline on a media release issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare today about a new report, Health expenditure Australia 2012-13. The report shows total spending on health goods and services in Australia was estimated at $147.4 billion in 2012-13 (9.67% of GDP). This [...]

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Wonky Health: The complex and changing world of GP training

In the wake of the federal budget, uncertainty about the future is facing many areas in the health sector – and GP training is no exception, writes Dr Tim Senior in his latest Wonky Health column. By Tim Senior   The last ever GP Education and Training (GPET) Convention was held recently in Brisbane, and [...]

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Deadly Choices: better ways of doing health promotion

Mainstream health promotion has failed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, according to Karen McPhail-Bell, a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology. In the article below, she argues that those working in the field could learn from strengths-based programs like The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’s Deadly Choices. It offers lessons for all health promotion practice, she [...]

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The Koori Woman: Ending the silence on trauma and mental health

Kelly Briggs writes: I recently attended The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference of Australia & New Zealand in Perth. I mainly kept my schedule to see any Indigenous topics and themes being spoken about, and at some point I too was going to present a story on my lived experience with mental illness. The day before I [...]

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New national approach to rural and remote health research

Participants in the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra last week committed to a National Strategy and Action Plan for maximising the value of rural and remote health research. Below is a statement issued by the National Rural Health Alliance after the symposium, and it is followed by some conference tweets (which [...]

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Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

Jennifer Doggett writes: In the era of Facebook and over-sharing on social media do we need to be as vigilant about protecting individual health information as we have in the past? The tension between balancing privacy issues with access to data for researchers, managers and policy makers in the health sector was a common theme [...]

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Providing localised data to guide policies, programs and services

Jennifer Doggett writes: Which regions of Australia have the highest rate of low birth-weight babies? Are males in regional and remote areas more at risk of mental illness than those in cities? Where do children in ‘jobless’ families live? Do women in the most disadvantaged areas have lower rates of breast screening than those in [...]

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Is this just another privileged white man writing about Indigenous affairs?

Recent articles at Croakey have highlighted efforts to decolonise healthcare practice and HIV research. How might policy-making be different – in both process and outcomes – if efforts were made to decolonise what remains a heavily colonised system? This and other questions are raised by Dr Tim Senior’s sixth Wonky Health column, which examines the Forrest [...]

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